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Former BitMex CEO analyzes potential capital flight from China amid yuan depreciation

EditorRachael Rajan
Published 09/20/2023, 03:33 PM
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Arthur Hayes, the former CEO of BitMex, has recently conducted an analysis on the potential capital flight from China, following the Chinese yuan (CNY) depreciating nearly 15% against the U.S. dollar (USD) this year. The depreciation has ignited speculation about China's investment strategies in the face of economic instability.

Hayes' analysis was informed by insights from Andrew Collier, a China researcher at Orient Capital Research. Collier pointed out that the disparity between China's international net export earnings and its official foreign reserves could be a primary indicator of potential capital flight. Available data indicates a $32.4 billion increase in China's foreign reserves this year, while its international net exports have surged by $553.25 billion. This leaves an unaccounted sum of approximately $520.85 billion.

The former BitMex CEO speculated on the possible destinations for this capital. Options could include China purchasing gold, paying off offshore USD debt held by its banks and corporations, or wealthy individuals moving their assets overseas. However, Hayes clarified that these funds are not being used to buy more U.S. Treasuries.

Hayes also discussed the relationship between the weakening Japanese yen (JPY) and the CNY. He suggested that to maintain competitiveness against Japan, the CNY would need to continue to weaken, which could potentially lead to an increased outflow of Chinese capital.

Hayes mentioned the possibility of some of these funds ending up in the cryptocurrency market, specifically Bitcoin. This speculation is based on his belief that cryptocurrencies could serve as a potential hedge against economic uncertainties.

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